Enzo Canales > CMS Carey & Allende > Santiago, Chile > Lawyer Profile

CMS Carey & Allende
Avda. Costanera Sur 2730, Piso 9
Parque Titanium, Las Condes
7550000 Santiago

Work Department

EMployment & Pension


Enzo is partner and leads the Employment & Pensions group for CMS Carey & Allende. His professional practice focuses on advising domestic and international clients on labour law matters, including arrangements for foreign workers, international social security agreements, collective bargaining, labour law litigation and norm compliance.

He advises foreign companies from various industries, throughout the stages of hiring personnel, the establishment of special employment conditions, the structuring of payment packages and on termination of employment.

He participates on corporate and tax issues, and participates in all due diligence processes related to M&A operations.

Enzo has been a speaker in ABA international forums, on matters related to labour law.

Key clients: Estee Lauder, Accenture, Compañía Minera Can-Can (today Alxar-Copec), Unilever, Worley Chile S.A. (former Jacobs Chile), K+S, Grupo Besalco, Servizi Energia Italia (SAIPEM), Transbank.


2006-2008 Associate at Yavar Silva y Dominguez law firm
2009 Joined Carey & Allende (since 2017 CMS Carey & Allende) as associate of the Labour, Social Security & Immigration Law group
2012 Promoted to director and appointed head of the Labour group
2017 Promoted to partner
2017 Together with some other well-reputed labour lawyers, he founded a think tank concerning the Labour Reform in Chile


Spanish and English.


2005 – Law Degree, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile School of Law
2008 – Labor Reform Certification, Instituto de Estudios Judiciales

Lawyer Rankings

Chile > Labour and employment

(Leading individuals)

Enzo CanalesCMS Carey & Allende

The six-strong practice at CMS Carey & Allende routinely handles contracts, pay and compliance; high-stakes litigation; visas and immigration requirements; corporate deal-related employment advice; redundancy programmes and senior employee dismissals; and employee health and safety issues. The firm additionally houses experts in union issues and collective bargaining; its recent caseload includes advising clients on Covid-19-related emergency legislation, including liaising with key government bodies on uncertain points of law and practice. The employment and pensions group is led by Enzo Canales, who consistently acts on major employment matters; while at senior associate level Julio Fríasstands out for his technical knowledge and professionalism‘. Recently promoted senior Constanza Yáñez is also noted.